As we approach the Christmas season, we often think about the baby that was born in Bethlehem some two thousand years ago that changed the world. This is the time where we celebrate the birth of Christ. But do we know why Christ came? Do we know the meaning of his birth? In this study, we are going to discuss three reasons why Christ came to us and what we should remember not only during this time of year, but always.
Jesus tells us often throughout the Gospels why he came to earth. Let’s look at one reason to start with. In John 18:37, “Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”” Jesus says that he himself came into the world to testify to the truth, to tell the truth. What is this truth? It’s everything that Jesus taught, in other words, the gospel message. The fact that Jesus is the Son of God, there is life in him and he died, was buried, and rose again. Jesus was this truth and he taught this truth.
Not only did Jesus come to teach the truth, but to give life. In John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus says that he came so that those who follow him can live through him, and not just life, but life to the fullest. Romans 6:23 tells us that God’s gift to us is eternal life in Jesus. It through Jesus and Jesus only that we can have eternal life, and that is a reason Christ came and died. Christ came and died to give us life.
Jesus came to give us life, but he also came to give his own life. Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus is saying that he came to give his life. He came to serve others, to give us an example to live by and to give his own life for us. He came to die so we can receive forgiveness and have life. Jesus’ death brings life to all who accept it.
With these three things in mind, the purpose for Christ coming to earth can be put like Paul puts it in 1 Timothy 1:15 which says this, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. Christ came to save us from sin. Jesus came to save us and bring us to God. As we conclude remember these things we gather around family and friends on Christmas. Remember that Christ came to tell truth, to give up his own life and through that death, give us life. This is the beauty and blessings we enjoy because Christ came. Praise God.